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"After the Earthquake: Japan's Nuclear Plant Crisis" Video Posted

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“After the Earthquake: Japan's Nuclear Plant Crisis” will be the subject of a panel discussion on Thursday, March 24, at 4:30 p.m. in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. Panelists will include Alexander Glaser, an assistant professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School; M.V. Ramana, an associate research scholar at the School’s Program on Science and Global Security (S&GS); Erik Vanmarcke, a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton and a member of the Associated Faculty of the Princeton Environmental Institute; and Frank Von Hippel, a professor of Public and International Affairs, and co-director of the Woodrow Wilson School’s Program on Science and Global Security. This discussion is part of the School's "Up to the Minute" series that focuses on world events as they occur. A public reception will follow the talk in Shultz Dining Room.

Alexander Glaser is Assistant Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School and in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton. He is a participant in the University’s Program on Science and Global Security and works with the International Panel on Fissile Materials, which publishes the annual Global Fissile Material Report. Ph.D. in Physics from Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany.

M. V. Ramana came to Princeton in 1998. Between 2004 and 2009, he was at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Environment and Development in Bangalore, India. He is currently appointed jointly with S&GS and the Nuclear Futures Laboratory and works on the future of nuclear energy in the context of climate change and nuclear disarmament. Ramana is completing a book on nuclear power in India. He is a member of the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and the International Panel on Fissile Materials.

Vanmarcke’s research areas are in risk assessment and earthquake engineering. His interests also include: stochastic systems; random fields and random media; risk assessment and management; seismic risk and earthquake ground motions; hurricanes and related economic losses under various climate change scenarios; wind-related debris damage; geologic hazards and probabilistic site characterization; dam safety; structural reliability; random vibrations; optimum design based on reliability; modeling the energy density fluctuations in the early universe and the formation of cosmic structure.

Von Hippel's areas of policy research include nuclear arms control and nonproliferation, energy, and checks and balances in policymaking for technology. Prior to coming to Princeton, he worked for ten years in the field of elementary-particle theoretical physics. He has written extensively on the technical basis for nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament initiatives, the future of nuclear energy, and improved automobile fuel economy. He won a 1993 MacArthur fellowship in recognition of his outstanding contributions to his fields of research. During 1993–1994, he served as assistant director for national security in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

This event is co-sponsored with the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and External Affairs, the Program in Science and Global Security, the Princeton Environmental Institute and the School of Engineering. It is free and open to the public. To receive notification about all our events, please sign up for our events e-newsletter at

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